Eurocopter AS532U2 Cougar
netherlands Koninklijke Luchtmacht

Royal Netherlands Air Force

Del'd: 17 - 1996 to present


  • Koninklijke Luchtmacht AS532U2 Cougar
  • Koninklijke Luchtmacht AS532U2 Cougar

17 AS-532 Cougar medium weight transport helicopters were delivered from May 1996.
By 2009 they received a Mid-Life Update programme. On April 2011 was announced a premature retirement of these helicopters as part of a Dutch defense cuts plan. In 2012, 9 of them were put in storage with the rest to be phased out in 2017 but in 2014 they were all reactivated due delays in the NH90 delivery program. Expected to be in service until at least 2018.

On February 2018, RNLAF signed contract with Heli-One for maintenance support of 12 operational Cougars plus 5 in storage.

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Heli-One to Support RNLAF AS532 Cougar, 27-Feb-18 : Heli-One, CHC MRO provider, signed with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to provide on-site Intermediate/Depot-level maintenance on 12 AS532 and to support 5 additional in storage

Black Blade 2016 in Belgium, 08-Nov-16 : European Defence Agency’s Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP) organizing exercise Black Blade (BB16) for special forces in Belgium


YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
1996/    300 Squadron Gilze-Rijen


L Rotterdam class

List of Aircraft

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C/NBuiltID     In this OrganisationIn other Org

    2400 1996     S-400: KLU; Jun09 300Sqn.; 9May11 stored/wfu
    2419 1996     S-419: Eurocopter AS-532U2 Cougar Mk.2, c/n 2419, ff?; del RNLAF as+
Eurocopter France F-ZKBD: Eurocopter toward S-419
    2433     S-433: KLU; Jun09 300Sqn.; 9May11 stored/wfu
    2438     S-438: Apr04 300Sqn SFOR mrks; 9May11 stored/wfu
Eurocopter France F-ZKBF: Eurocopter toward S-438
    2440     S-440: KLU 300Sqn.; 9May11 stored/wfu
    2441     S-441: KLU 300Sqn.; 9May11 stored/wfu
    2442     S-442: KLU; 2003 300Sqn.
    2444     S-444: KLU 300Sqn.; 9May11 stored/wfu
Eurocopter France F-ZKBO: Eurocopter toward S-444
    2445     S-445: KLU 300Sqn.; 9May11 stored/wfu
    2447     S-447: KLU 300Sqn; 31jul05 pictured at Beach Gardens at Weston-supe+
    2450     S-450: KLU 300Sqn.; 9May11 stored/wfu
    2453 1997     S-453: KLU 300Sqn.; in 2010 participated in Tac Blaze 10-1; 9May11 +
Eurocopter France F-ZKBB: Eurocopter toward S-453
    2454     S-454: KLU 300Sqn. ; from 15apr2010 helped with a dune-fire
    2456     S-456: KLU 300Sqn.; 9May11 stored/wfu
    2457     S-457: KLU from 1997
Eurocopter France F-ZKBM: Eurocopter toward S-457
    2458 1997     S-458: 19jun09 300Sqn pictured at Volkel
    2459 1997     S-459: Sep09 participated in Tac Blaze 09-2; from 15Apr10 helped wi+

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